Driver Fatigue Claims
Albuquerque Personal Injury Lawyer
Accidents while on the road have the potential for serious injury. This
risk is greatly increased when semi-trucks, or 18-wheelers, are involved.
The large size and weight of commercial trucks can create the potential
for damages not present in accidents involving smaller vehicles. Despite
the power that trucks possess, operators do not always practice safe driving
habits. In order to meet strict deadlines, commercial drivers may operate
their trucks for longer than is safe and drive while fatigued.
If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck through
no fault of your own, you may be able to seek legal compensation for your
injuries. At Michael J. Doyle, Attorney at Law, our
Albuquerque personal injury lawyer possesses an in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations involved in
commercial trucking accidents and can help you to maximize your compensation.
When a fatigued driver causes an accident, they should be held accountable
for resulting injuries.
Schedule a free consultation and find out if you have a case.
Hours of Operation Laws
The trucking industry is highly regulated and this includes the number
of hours a driver is allowed to be behind the wheel. The Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates these “hours of service”
laws specifically because accidents due to driver fatigue are so common.
In a survey distributed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,
many truckers admitted to violating these rules in order to meet deadlines.
Drivers who transport property are restricted from:
- Driving for more than 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty
Driving past the 14th consecutive hour after returning from 10 consecutive hours offs duty
- Beginning a shift if less than 8 hours have passed since the last off-duty
of sleeping period
- Limited to driving 60 hours in 7 days or 70 hours in 8 days.
While driver fatigue may have been a factor in your crash, proving so in
court can require a skilled attorney. Truck drivers, as well as trucking
companies, are increasingly being made to install electronic logging devices
in their vehicles which automatically record data such as hours worked
and miles that have been driven. We can look at this information as well
as driver logs and company records to find evidence of driver fatigue.
Depending on the circumstances of the accidents, both the trucking company
and driver may be liable for injuries.
Worried About Legal Fees?
At Michael J. Doyle, Attorney at Law, we know that budgets can be stretched
thin after an accident which is why we choose to work on a contingency
basis. This means that from your initial free consultation to the closing
of your case, there will be no out-of-pocket cost to you. Our lead Albuquerque
personal injury attorney can provide uncompromising service and keep you
up to date with what is happening in your case. Let us worry about the
legal paperwork so you can focus on recovery.
Call (505) 219-2176 and discover how we can help you seek the compensation